If you’re thinking about going on a sugar-free diet, there are some things you are going to need to know. You need to be educated on what is healthy for your body and what is not. Check out the following behaviors to avoid and what to do instead.
1. Not Eating Anything Sweet
Your sweet tooth may be calling to you for a reason. While glazed donuts may not be the way to get your fix, whole foods that have natural sugar in them are. Try watermelon, apples, oranges, or any food that looks the same when you eat it as when it came out of the ground.
2. Only Avoiding “Sweet” Foods
Foods that seem healthy to you can still contain plenty of sugar. Pasta sauces, cured meats, ketchup, even almond milk can often contain added sugar. Read the labels on the back of all of your food to make sure that you aren’t ingesting any hidden sugars. If you’re eating out, be prepared to ask the wait staff about ingredients.
3. Forgetting That Sugar Comes in Many Forms
Don’t simply look for the word “sugar” on the back of labels. Remember that there are other words for it. Look out for words like high-fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, evaporated cane juice, fructose, and a number of other terms ending in “-ose” names.
4. Not Defining Which Sugars Are Off-Limits Ahead of Time
You need to know which sugars are OK to eat ahead of time. It is a good rule of thumb to only eat whole and minimally processed sweeteners. You may have maple syrup, raw honey, rapadura, and coconut palm sugar. No matter which forms of sugar you decide are off-limits, make sure to set some sort of guidelines before you start, or else you could be left confused and frustrated.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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